Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories (FFCNWT)
Responsible for day-to-day operations of the Justice Program (youth support program) throughout the year.
Start date: Immediately
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 (with 1 hour lunch, total of 37.5 hours/week), flexible schedule available based on needs of the program
The FFCNWT runs a youth support program (called 4Y) that supports youth who have a disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and for those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The program is trauma-informed and facilitated by a ‘navigator’. It includes arts, music, culture, life skills, and physical education components. Youth are involved in one-to-one sessions every week, and occasionally join in group sessions with other program participants. Youth who have also been involved with the justice system in any way as an offender can join the program and receive additional support to ensure they avoid reoffending. The justice stream of this program is available to youth in all NWT communities. Currently, the program operates only in Yellowknife, and the FFCNWT is working to implement this program in other communities.
PAE and FASD are associated with a number of cognitive, learning, social, and emotional challenges. This can contribute to involvement in risky behaviour, including substance abuse, and can also contribute to poor mental health, depression, anxiety, and social isolation. It is extremely important for children and youth with FASD to have regular access to various supportive relationships, life-skills building opportunities, and a focus on proper diet and exercise.
The Justice Manager will focus on advocacy within the justice system for youth who have developmental disabilities such as FASD, and will also work closely on a team with the 4Y Program Coordinator and the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure that youth in the program are getting the support that they need. The Justice Manager will focus on providing justice-specific support to FFCNWT youth workers who are working with youth who have been involved in the justice system. The Justice Manager will not be directly supervising navigators, but will be available for support when needed.
The Justice Manager will also be responsible for coordinating meetings with justice professionals throughout the territory, providing education to justice professionals and the community at large about how people with FASD experience justice, advocating for change within the justice system for people with FASD, and providing training to empower any person in the life of someone with FASD to be able to better support them. Travel to communities outside of Yellowknife will occur 1-2 times / year.
- Network with all justice professionals within the NWT, create strong relationships and partnerships with lawyers, police officers, probation officers, prison workers, social workers, etc.
- Provide training to justice workers about what FASD is, why there are so many people with FASD involved with the justice system, and how to best support those with FASD who are involved in the justice system
- Provide training to FFCNWT staff about FASD and the justice system
- Work collaboratively with other organizations in Yellowknife, the territory, and the country to improve service delivery and advocate for positive changes in the justice system
- Work directly with the 4Y Program Coordinator and volunteer coordinator to ensure the program is running smoothly, staff are well supported, and youth are learning new skills and remaining safe
- Support 4Y Program Coordinator to maintain an inventory of programming supplies for the 4Y Program
- Develop relationships with the youth and staff in the 4Y Program
- Update youth logs when necessary / complete incident reports if ever involved in an incident, provide incident reports to supervisor
- Work within the program budget, work with the bookkeeper to ensure program expenses are organized and clear, work with grant writer to apply for new funding as it is available
- participate in morning meeting with other supervisors and managers at the FFCNWT
- Participate in office cleanup daily and deep clean weekly
- If driving company vehicles with valid license, drive with care and follow all legal road rules
- 1+ years experience in an administrative / managerial position
- 1+ years experience developing and implementing programs for children or youth
- Experience working in the justice system, or knowledge of the justice system
- Knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Clear Criminal Record with vulnerable sector check
- Good verbal communications skills, especially in conflict resolution, human resource management (mediation and related training an asset)
- Ability to provide guidance and training to other staff members
- Knowledge and respect for northern cultures
- Ability to multi-task and manage time
- Experience working in or with the child welfare system in some capacity an asset
- Up-to-date first aid certification an asset
- Class 4 or 5 license an asset
- Punctual, reliable and organized
We are an organization that serves and supports foster and adoptive families across the NWT.
The decision to form this organization began in June 2001, after the Yellowknife Foster Family Association hosted the National Foster Care Symposium. Delegates at this symposium unanimously agreed there was a need for a Territorial-wide organization.
The Foster Family Coalition of the NWT (FFCNWT) was formed in June 2002, and on October 2, 2002, became incorporated under the Societies Act. The FFCNWT became a registered charitable organization on September 5, 2003. In the fall of 2013 we expanded our services to support pre- and post- adoptive parents as well.
Our office is located in Yellowknife at 5125 50th St.